Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in Canada. In fact, Canada has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the world with youth and young adults being the ones who use it the most.
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a mood-altering drug. The effect or ‘high’ of marijuana is caused by the chemical THC (delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol). The effects of marijuana will change due to the level of THC, the amount used, previous use with the drug, and how it is consumed.
The federal government is moving forward with the legalization of marijuana. However, it is currently illegal and an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada to grow, possess, distribute and sell marijuana, with the exception of marijuana for medical purposes.
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